Who knows 🙂 But last week after reading Julie’s post raving about some local dried beans she had recently tried, I got a yen for bean soup in a bad way. So I picked some up last weekend at our favorite farmer’s market – Idylwilde Farms . Saturday I rinsed and soaked them overnight. Then Sunday morning I dumped them into the
crockpot slow cooker, tossed in some fresh chopped onions, celery and carrots, added the leftover ham from Easter that I had stuck in the freezer and chopped up some fresh kielbasa, along with some fresh thyme and sage that I chopped up, and finally some course fresh grated black pepper and a wee bit of salt.
These are the beans I used
I did plan on taking photos of the finished soup, but that just didn’t happen. I did share some with my mom and dad, and today I get to eat the last bowl for lunch. It was really good too. Julie was right about the beans. I even picked up a bag of Great Northern Beans so I think I just might dive into making Boston Baked Beans this weekend.
I did manage to get to both of my knitting groups this week – Sunday in Nashua and last night at the Java Room. The Isis Shawl is currently in timeout, I got through the first repeat, but need to think about proceeding. The alpaca Cindy brought back from Peru is lovely. So I had to fess up that I’ve been knitting Swiffer covers out of kitchen cotton for this past week. But that had got old fast. I need something fairly mindless to knit because my focus is way off lately, but I wanted to knit something lacy, so I opted to start another shawl with some Knitpicks (I think it’s alpaca cloud) . The pattern is from Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark – I started with the leaf lace pattern and when I get tired of that I will switch to something else, but currently it’s working for me.
I saw this test on someone’s blog this morning (sorry I cannot recall who’s blog – my mind is swiss cheese lately). I was shocked when I ran it against my blog… who knew!? LOL! Maybe it is the beans!